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Movement Restrictions Lifted at Vavuniya Prison Amid Measles Control

The authorities have decided to lift the movement restrictions that were imposed within the Vavuniya Prison due to the outbreak of measles. The Department of Prisons implemented these measures as a precautionary response after an inmate and a prison officer were diagnosed with the disease.

The restrictions, which were in effect for two weeks starting from July 25, are set to end today, August 07. The decision came following assurances from the Vavuniya Regional Epidemiology Unit that the prison premises now provide a suitable environment to reopen for movements.

The Prisons Department confirmed that normal daily activities in the prison are expected to resume from tomorrow, August 08, as per the advice of the Regional Epidemiology Unit.

In the meantime, during a press conference in Colombo, Sudesh Nandimal, the Chief Secretary of the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners, highlighted the difficulties faced by inmates due to issues in the supply process of food and medicine in prisons across the country.

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